Now through the end of the year, we are teaming up with The Healthy Knitter to bring peace to our local community through Verdant knitting. Help provide nourishing meals to schoolchildren with your purchase of Verdant Yarn and the Project Peace 2017 knit-along.
A portion of proceeds from every skein of Verdant yarn sold
will go to Whidbey Island Nourishes.
This year’s Project Peace pattern by Christina Campbell is aptly called “Ripple”, for the immeasurable reach of one simple kindness. Peace is at hand daily to choose and to extend. Just three skeins of Verdant in either or both colors will get you started with this year’s Project Peace KAL.
Whidbey Island Nourishes is a local army of volunteers preparing and delivering nourishing food to South Whidbey youth in the absence of any other local program doing so. I first connected with W.I.N. as a volunteer when my first son was just a toddler, and my first spinning wheel was still mostly a mystery to me. I helped W.I.N. weekly by cooking batches of granola and delivering sack lunches to home bound patrons. My son still remembers the fond memories we made together showing kindness to strangers. W.I.N. has also earned profound respect in our community for not just what they do, but how they do it. The quality of food prepared is above and beyond anything expected from similar programs and the sincerity of volunteers make it an organization that doesn’t just feed, but truly nourishes those in need. It will be my immense pleasure to contribute a portion of our Verdant sales to W.I.N. this month.
Project Peace is an annual knit-along from December 1-21 supplemented with 21 days of blog posts centered on peace culminating on December 21 in what has been labeled "World-wide Knit-in for Peace Day." Project Peace is all about providing opportunities and awareness of how to incorporate more peace into ones life.
Last December, there were over 25,000 downloads for the Project Peace pattern; the pattern spent several weeks in the top 10 of what's hot now and for a couple of days it was number one.
This year's pattern, themed off of the "ripple effect”, is an asymmetrical triangular shawl in stockinette stitch with garter ridges to reflect the ripples after a pebble has been tossed in the water with a wavy, easy-to-knit, lace border. I've intentionally made this shawl accessible to most knitters from a technical perspective yet enough detail to promote mindful knitting. There'll be a modest size "to finish in December" and modifications provided to make it a bit larger.
Christina Campbell is mother to three children, wife, daughter, Professor of Nutrition and Physical Activity, and knitter. In years past, she has devoted lots of time to competitive sports, now finding herself in the on-going process of learning to balance an active lifestyle with the demands of a desk job, family, and a desire to knit and design all the time.